Co-Curricular Programme

On Friday afternoons at John Lyon all pupils put their Academic timetables to one side and participate in the School’s broad, engaging and fascinating Co-Curricular Programme.

The Co-Curricular Programme offers something different to pupils beyond the classroom and is aimed at developing a sense of achievement, wellbeing and enjoyment, while gaining practical skills and engaging with the eight School Values.

The John Lyon Co-Curricular Programme is an important and integral part of the School timetable and wider School life, designed to add to pupil learning and introduce pupils to exciting new ideas and opportunities, which will help them in School, outside School and beyond into higher education and the workplace.

Pupils in all years take part in a number of activities, both required and optional, with many being student led, designed to complement their learning, increase confidence and give back to the School and wider community.

This page gives details of the structure of the programme in each School year, followed by details of each of the activities on offer.

A ‘rounded’ education given a firm emphasis, with a timetabled programme of ‘skills-based’ activities including everything from cooking to changing a tyre. Plenty of trips and societies, from computing to chess. ‘It’s a very broad ranging education,’ commented one contented father.

The Good Schools Guide

Years 7 and 8

In two of the three School terms, Year 7 and Year 8 pupils will take part in a carousel of activities. In the third term they all participate in a Drama Festival (Y7) or Bronze Crest Award (Y8).


Bronze CREST Award

Chef School


Drama Festival





Year 9 to Upper Sixth

From Year 9 to Upper Sixth, pupils and students take part in a combination of group activities as well as activities they are able to select.


AV Training


Coding & Web Design

Combined Cadet Force


Fitness Activators


Higher Project Qualification

History and Philosophy of Science

Historical Film

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award


Musical Composition

Open Online Courses


Sports Analysis

Sports Leadership

Sports Performance and Nutrition


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Weather Station